Books by Donna Ruff

THE MISSING SUNFLOWERS by Maggie Stern
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"There's much to think about here, and Ruff breathes summer's warmth into the mixture with her sunny palette. (Picture book. 5- 8)"
Stern's first book is part mystery, part natural history, part philosophy. Read full book review >
THE OLD MAN AND HIS BIRDS by Mirra Ginsburg
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"What works here is the riddle; once that's solved there isn't much enticement to dip into these pages again. (Folklore/Picture book. 5+)"
From Ginsburg (The King Who Tried to Fry an Egg on His Head, p. 479, etc.) comes this folk riddle told in a spare, almost laconic, style. Read full book review >
ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER by Lila Perl
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Index not seen. (Biography. 10-14)"
Singer's despair over the dying Yiddish language resonates through this brief biography. Read full book review >
'LEAVE THAT CRICKET BE, ALAN LEE' by Barbara Ann Porte
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

Like Barbara Dugan's (above), a book that asks the question: ``Can an insect find happiness in a jar?'' (and from the same publisher, yet). Read full book review >
ROWAN by Robin McKinley
by Robin McKinley, illustrated by Donna Ruff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 1992

"The realistic events are unexceptional, but McKinley recounts them with grace; meanwhile, in her picture book debut, Ruff nicely conveys the child's tender concern and the dog's gradually renewed liveliness. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pleasant book describing how the young narrator looks for an appropriate breed ("Irish wolfhounds were big and gentle. Read full book review >